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Acronyms & Definitions - What Does That Stand For?

What Does That Stand For?

A Guide to Acronyms, Organizations & Websites


CESA           Cooperative Educational Service Agency  http://www.cesa1.k12.wi.us


Created by the legislature, CESAs partner with school districts, schools, and educators to provide services that benefit students. CESA #1, located in southeast Wisconsin, is comprised of 45 school districts in 6 counties.  


PAGE           Partners for the Advancement of Gifted Education  http://www.cesaonepage.org


CESA #1 PAGE is an active committee of parent volunteers and educators of gifted students in Southeast Wisconsin, comprised of educator and parent representatives from member school districts.  By combining resources from our individual school districts, we collaborate to provide educational and enrichment opportunities for gifted students and their families in the greater Milwaukee area.


SENG            Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted  http://www.sengifted.org


SENG focuses on the unique social and emotional needs of gifted individuals, which are often misunderstood or ignored. By underwriting and providing education, research, theory building, and staff development, SENG promotes environments where gifted individuals can develop self-esteem, thrive, and utilize their talents.


WATG           Wisconsin Association of Talented & Gifted  http://www.watg.org


WATG exists primarily for the purpose of raising public awareness about the unique needs of gifted individuals.  The website serves to educate parents and teachers about upcoming events, topics related to GT and links for additional resources.  A statewide conference for educators and parents is held every fall. 


NAGC           National Association for Gifted Children  http://nagc.org


The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) is an organization of parents, teachers, educators, other professionals, and community leaders who unite to address the unique needs of children and youth with demonstrated gifts and talents as well as those children who may be able to develop their talent potential with appropriate educational experiences.

NUMATS     Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search http://ctd.northwestern.edu/numats


Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) is a way to identify kids who need more. Not only does NUMATS provide access to above-grade-level testing, but it also gives parents a roadmap of which classes, extracurricular activities and enrichment programs will benefit their gifted child the most. The mission of NUMATS is to help these bright kids develop the self-confidence, exposure and skills they need to have a positive academic experience.


RtI               Response to Intervention  http://www.rti4success.org/

Rigorous implementation of RTI includes a combination of high quality, culturally and linguistically responsive instruction; assessment; and evidence-based intervention. Comprehensive RTI implementation will contribute to more meaningful identification of learning and behavioral needs, improve instructional quality, provide all students with the best opportunities to succeed in school, and assist with the identification of specific learning needs.


Other Organizations:


The Davidson Institute for Talent Development http://www.ditd.org/

Hoagies Information on Gifted Students http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/

The Clearing House on Gifted Education and Research http://hoagiesgifted.org/eric/ 

National Research Center on Gifted and Talented, University of Connecticut www.gifted.uconn.edu/nrcgt.html

Glossary of Gifted Education Terminology:

A glossary of terms can be found at: http://www.nagc.org/GlossaryofTerms.aspx